Belfour for Salary Cap?

Several sources have reported that Leafs goalie Eddie Belfour is about to become a partner in the WHA’s Dallas Americans.

This news seems a little odd, both for obvious reasons and some not so obvious. It’s not new for a player to buy into a hockey team at some point, but it’s usually at the junior level. Gretzky owned the Hull Olympiques, Chris Pronger bought into the an OHL team, the Greyhounds I think. But I think that this is the first time, that I can recall, a player buying into another “major pro” team. I use the term “major pro” only because that’s how the WHA is marketing itself. If the lockout goes long and the season is ultimately cancelled, would Eddie ever consider skating for the team that he owns? Would the league even allow it?

But then I thought about how the owners can use this in negotiations. If I were Bob Goodenow and Ted Saskin, I wouldn’t let Eddie anywhere near the hotel ballroom where any negotiations take place in fear that Eddie will say something to the effect that he would not accept a salary cap under any terms. It certainly does send an odd mesage. “I will never play under a salary cap. Owning a team, that’s another story though.”


22 Responses to Belfour for Salary Cap?

  1. PayUpSucka says:

    Cap wouldn’t mean much to a 40 year old who just signed a 40 year deal.

  2. PayUpSucka says:

    A two year deal sorry worth 15mill.

  3. qsilver31 says:

    This is pretty dumb. No offense but why would you wanna buy part of a club that doesn’t even look like its gonna get launched?

    Its a risk with little upside. I can’t see Eddie playing for his own club in another league. Not that Eddie won’t play, but the league would reeeeally frown upon that.

  4. PayUpSucka says:

    C’mon, you really think Belfour gives a flying f uck about what people think???

    This is the same guy that offered a police officer a 1 billiion dollar bribe. haha

    Gotta love the crazy bas tard!!!!

  5. cgolding says:

    as a comment above noted, buying into a team in this league doesn’t look like a profitable proposition, which is why i would never consider it. however, nhl players are not known for their business a*****en, ask modano.

    for the idea that a player buying into a league with a salary cap is somehow a bad statement, i think that is just silly. i mean, who cares. the league is being set up with a salary cap, those are the rules and that is the way it is going to be… that says nothing about belfour’s stance on the salary cap in the nhl, nor should it. even with that, numerous players have been quoted as being for the necessity of fiscal changes, hull and roenick being the ones that jump immediately to mind(hull said something like 75% of the league was overpaid), so it isn’t like there aren’t players who understand the nhl’s assertions.

    as far as goodenow is concerned, who the hell cares what belfour thinks about the salary cap. the nhlpa is going to operate its negotiations the way it is going to operate them, and it has absolutely nothing to do with whatever crazy eddie is up to. neverminding that no players are anywhere near the actual negotiations, and that is another problem in itself.

  6. cgolding says:

    you guys need to make your filter more specific, cuz it slightly annoying that it catches ‘curse’ words that are part of actual words.

    like above, a c c u m en, shouldn’t get hit with a friggin filter… you need to put spaces around the words in the setting to pick them out or something…

    hitch c o c k is another one that aggravates me…

  7. Lint07 says:

    I don’t like it either but I try to remember it anytime I write an article (or I correct it for other people’s articles before posting em) and I use the ”¢” instead of the ”c”.

    Works alright but you have to think about it, though.

  8. Habfanforever says:

    Perhaps Eddie knows something we don’t. Over the long winter months, we hunger for hockey and if there is to be no NHL, we’ll wind up watching WHA games. They chose this year for a reason, they can profit from a lockout to the point that they can solidify their league and grow in popularity and size. This is not such a bad move by Eddie IMO and the risk factor is moderate.

  9. cgolding says:

    if you put spaces around the words, assuming you are the guys entering what is bad and what is not bad, it should parse around things that are part of actually words.

    the way that string parsing usually works in a computer is that it has to catch on to specific sequences, so starting and finishing all sequences with spaces should eliminate the problem…

    i still have nightmares of string parsing for my friggin compiler senior year of college… ugh.

  10. WinterLynx says:

    Does anybody know if the WHA has any television contracts yet, so that they’d be broadcasted…. If so, what stations have picked them up?

  11. PayUpSucka says:

    EASTLINK CABLE, RIGHT AFTER CORRONATION STREET. LOL

    NEVER HEARD ANYTHING YET AS FAR AS A BROADCAST SCHEDULE. I’M ASSUMING NOONE IS GOING TO JUMP IN AND TAKE THE LEAGUE ON, ESPECIALLY WITH THE UNCERTAINTY WITH THE CBA AND STATIONS CONTRACTS WITH THE NHL.

  12. ALMO-TML says:

    Why don’t you just shut your fu.cking trap because you fu.cking known what everyone is saying co-cksucker!

  13. WinterLynx says:

    haha, yeah, thanks, I didn’t think any national broadcaster would pick it up… they’ll probably end up on some local channel in their markets, if they even get picked up… if it starts up

  14. cgolding says:

    i’m sorry your step-dad beats you, but shut up.

  15. nocuphere says:

    Who would carry it really? It would have to be one of the 3 sports networks, tsn, thescore or sportsnet or cbc.

  16. cementhead says:

    I don’t understand this as being a question of whether Belfour should or should not be voice an opinion on the salary cap issue.

    It becomes more than that. Belfour has a vested interest in the WHLs success. WHL success will be directly related to NHLs lockout or demise. This gives Belfour incentive to do whatever he can (as limited as that may be) to make sure the lock out last as long as possible. Simply put – for his investment to pay out, he is going to want the NHL to fail.

    This is where the problem lies. He has a conflict of interest if he is still pretending that his interest lies in the NHL. If he retired and removed whatever “center of influence” he may have (no matter how small), then no one would even question what is going on.

    IE. Why would Quiznos hire you if you owned the SUbway down the street??

  17. cgolding says:

    true… but the ultimate belief system behind the people backing the WHL is that they can exist in conjunction with the NHL, not only in the event of the NHL collapsing.

  18. PayUpSucka says:

    Can’t see that happening. It’s going to be hard enough to exist with the NHL lockout.

  19. cementhead says:

    And Belfour is smart ENOUGH to realize that too

  20. dlo44 says:

    Mario Lemieux did that that 5 years ago.

    Kinda losses it’s edge, eh?

  21. rojoke says:

    That was a little different situation though. If the Pens had gone bankrupt, Mario stood to lose a lot of deferred money owed to him. He was more interested in saving the team for that reason than he was in actually owning and running a hockey franchise. If he bought the team for that specific purpose, I don’t seriously think he’d still be playing.

  22. nocuphere says:

    I agree for sure.

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